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Minna – Do you live independently?

Minna – Do you live independently?

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It’s interesting, when I first came home, I couldn’t live in the house that I lived in before because all the rooms were upstairs. So, I sold my house, bought my house and got discharged on the same day. So, it was a very, very big day for me... Show More

It’s interesting, when I first came home, I couldn’t live in the house that I lived in before because all the rooms were upstairs. So, I sold my house, bought my house and got discharged on the same day. So, it was a very, very big day for me. And during that time, my parents lived in LA, and they actually retired, and they were going to come and take care of their invalid daughter. While this goes on for a month, and they were driving me bad crazy, you know, because they’re thinking I am in high school, that’s like, “You have your coffee now, you need to stretch now.” It got to a point where I felt like everything was out of my hands sort of speak, you know? For instance, my daughter, you know, she’s eight, my son is six at the time. “Oh, I want cookie for breakfast, mom.” My mom would give him a cookie because she felt bad for him. Oh, my daughter wanted like sushi roll with just nothing in it, you know, with a little bit of soy sauce in it. My mom would make that in the morning for her, so she can have something that she loved for breakfast. And, it was just like everything was slipping, and those were the things that I hated because I lost the essence of who I was within that confines of the home, yeah. Within one month, I realized sink or swim, I have to do something differently. So, I actually sent my parents home and I said, you know, “I will call you if I need you, but I need to get something back.” And there was a lot of push back from my family members thinking, “Why don’t you move back to LA?” And my thought is, “Why? Am I going to get my legs when I go to LA?” Do you know what I am saying? So, for me, I think it behooved me to stay to have some regularity and schedule for my children because I couldn’t take that away because of the injury too.

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Minna – Do you live independently?

Minna

Injured in 1999 at age 35, paraplegic
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It’s interesting, when I first came home, I couldn’t live in the house that I lived in before because all the rooms were upstairs. So, I sold my house, bought my house and got discharged on the same day. So, it was a very, very big day for me. And during that time, my parents lived in LA, and they actually retired, and they were going to come and take care of their invalid daughter. While this goes on for a month, and they were driving me bad crazy, you know, because they’re thinking I am in high school, that’s like, “You have your coffee now, you need to stretch now.” It got to a point where I felt like everything was out of my hands sort of speak, you know? For instance, my daughter, you know, she’s eight, my son is six at the time. “Oh, I want cookie for breakfast, mom.” My mom would give him a cookie because she felt bad for him. Oh, my daughter wanted like sushi roll with just nothing in it, you know, with a little bit of soy sauce in it. My mom would make that in the morning for her, so she can have something that she loved for breakfast. And, it was just like everything was slipping, and those were the things that I hated because I lost the essence of who I was within that confines of the home, yeah. Within one month, I realized sink or swim, I have to do something differently. So, I actually sent my parents home and I said, you know, “I will call you if I need you, but I need to get something back.” And there was a lot of push back from my family members thinking, “Why don’t you move back to LA?” And my thought is, “Why? Am I going to get my legs when I go to LA?” Do you know what I am saying? So, for me, I think it behooved me to stay to have some regularity and schedule for my children because I couldn’t take that away because of the injury too.

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